What Role for Chiropractic in Health Care?

Published in: The New England Journal of Medicine, v. 339, no. 15, Editorial, Oct. 8, 1998, p. 1074-1075

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1997

by Paul G. Shekelle

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Chiropractors have become the third largest group of health professionals in the United States (after physicians and dentists) who have primary contact with patients. In the last decade of the 20th century, chiropractic has begun to shed its status as a marginal approach to care and is becoming more mainstream. At this juncture, it seems appropriate to ask what the role of chiropractic should be in health care. A challenge for chiropractors is to demonstrate that they can achieve benefits at a cost that patients or health insurers are willing to bear.

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